NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are pleas for the city and state to step in after a number of deaths and injuries at New York City Housing Authority buildings.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams held a virtual news conference Sunday highlighting the problems, which he said include underfunding and neglect.READ MORE: Sources: Salman Muflihi Faces Hate Crime Charges In Stabbing Of Asian Man In Lower Manhattan
This came days after prosecutors charged a man for the murders of three senior citizens at the Woodson Houses in Brooklyn.
Earlier this month, a woman fell in a stairwell at the Webster Houses in the Bronx after repeated efforts to get the elevator fixed. She died of her injuries last week.
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“She called, and no one showed up for her, and now she’s gone,” the victim’s daughter, Annette Dowe, said during Sunday’s conference.
“There’s a failure at every level of government, and I’m sick of it,” said Williams. “These people are dead because of what they look like and where they live.”
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The agency also says one elevator was working on the day of Dowe’s accident at the Webster Houses.